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Another Oregon target off the board

8/1/2012

When offensive lineman Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) made the call to commit to Oregon rival Washington, it took yet another prospect off the board for the Ducks staff.

With Harlow's commitment to the Huskies, it leaves just a few remaining offensive linemen out there that have Oregon offers. There remains a possibility that prospects will emerge this fall, but for now it is a limited group for the Ducks to pursue.

The Ducks had been in pursuit of Harlow but now another Orange County prospect is likely to see the heat turned up from the Oregon staff.

Versatile lineman J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) will likely set up his official visit to Eugene in the coming weeks. As will Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake).

Outside of Hinnant and Oser, the only remaining uncommitted offensive line prospects with Oregon offers are Reeve Koehler (Honolulu/St. Louis) and Scott Quessenberry (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon). Both players dropped Oregon down their lists and have released a top group that does not include the Ducks.

Things can certainly change, but it doesn't seem likely that either will visit Eugene.

It does leave the Ducks is in somewhat of a pinch considering they whiffed on all of the top high school offensive line prospects in the 2012 recruiting cycle.

Heading into this fall the Ducks have Carson York, Nick Cody, Kyle Long and Ryan Clanton entering their final season of eligibility. Karrington Armstrong, Everett Benyard, Trevor Fox and Mana Greig are all heading into their junior seasons, meaning that eight offensive linemen will leave the program after the 2013 season.

Unless the staff is able to flip a couple of commits or find some hidden gems, the Ducks might be searching the junior college ranks in a big way, especially in next year's recruiting cycle.

It's not all bad news as the Ducks have an outstanding group of young talent on the roster. The offensive line group that will be around for at least two more years includes Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Hamani Stevens, Tyler Johnstone, Andre Yruretagoyena, James Euscher and Jamal Prater.

Of the group, only Grasu and Fisher are proven commodities. All the rest have received praise from the Oregon staff as they have progressed.

As the Oregon staff returns from summer vacation and settles in for the start of fall camp Aug. 6, expect it to go back to the drawing board and begin to evaluate some more offensive linemen as the high school season kicks off.